I was saddened to hear that Earle Douglas Meerwald had passed away in Sri Lanka in October 2003. I knew him well and I know his family. He was also a close friend of my father, Vernon Corea.
The Meerwald family were a vibrant part of the local community at St.Luke's Church in Borella. Douglas, his father and uncle Clair and Earle were members of the choir at St.Luke's Church in Borella for decades. They sang in beautiful harmony. They had 'heavenly voices' and they enriched the services at St.Luke's Church even during the time when my late grandfather was vicar.
St.Luke's Church Borella was like an extended family and Douglas Meerwald and the Meerwald family were a part of that community.
My father Vernon Corea wrote about Douglas Meerwald in his EMCEE column in the Ceylon Daily News in 1967 - that article can be seen on the website -